Category: Border Issues

Ostrich Skin Boots in Stripe City

June 8th, 2011 Permalink

  By the thousands, supporters of the billionaire gambling tycoon and former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon took to the streets of the city’s Zona Rio district yesterday to protest his arrest on weapons charges. Acting on an anonymous tip, the Mexican Army raided Hank’s sprawling compound in the center of city early Saturday morning […]

Jorge Hank Rhon Tijuana 

By the thousands, supporters of the billionaire gambling tycoon and former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon took to the streets of the city’s Zona Rio district yesterday to protest his arrest on weapons charges. Acting on an anonymous tip, the Mexican Army raided Hank’s sprawling compound in the center of city early Saturday morning and found a cache of 88 weapons and over 9,000 rounds of ammunition. Although Hank is widely believed to be involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, and orchestrating the killing of crusading Tijuana journalist Héctor ‘El Gato’ Félix Miranda of the Zeta newspaper, his power and influence made him ‘an emblem of impunity in Mexico’ and seemingly untouchable. Today, federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced that they are charging Hank with possession of an illegal weapons arsenal.

Battle Hymns For the Revolution

March 14th, 2011 Permalink

  A convoy of the Mexican Armed Forces patrol along Avenida Revolución, in downtown Tijuana, as a trio of banda musicians belt out a tune for passersby. ‘La Revo,’ as Avenida Revolución is known by Tijuanenses, used to be the heart of Tijuana’s tourist district, with thousands of college students flocking to the street to […]

Jason Thomas Fritz Tijuana 

A convoy of the Mexican Armed Forces patrol along Avenida Revolución, in downtown Tijuana, as a trio of banda musicians belt out a tune for passersby. ‘La Revo,’ as Avenida Revolución is known by Tijuanenses, used to be the heart of Tijuana’s tourist district, with thousands of college students flocking to the street to enjoy cheap booze and an 18-and-up drinking age. As Tijuana became of no-go zone for Americans with México’s surging narco violence, the street was abandoned by tourists and boarded up storefronts were all that remained.

In the gringos’ absence, the street in the heart of Tijuana is now being reclaimed by Tijuanenses, and is slowly being transformed by the ‘reawakening’ turned revival downtown. While out of touch Baja California tourism officials still can’t envision the street’s future as anything but a destination for tchotchke-searching American daytrippers and tequila swilling underage Aztecs from SDSU, a new generation of hip entrepreneurs are re-imagining Avenida Revolución. Several clubs and restaurants catering to Tijuana’s hip set have recently opened up in the spaces formerly dedicated to American tourists, and the famed Caesar’s restaurant—birthplace of the Caesar salad—was bought and restored by the Plascencia clan of restauranteurs. Recently, while sipping local wines from the Valle de Guadalupe on the patio Caesar’s, a friend remarked, ‘If you told me a few years ago that I would be drinking wine on a patio restaurant on Avenida Revolución, I wouldn’t have believe you.’ While the reclamation of Avenida Revolución for Tijuanenses is far from complete, as many empty storefronts remain and little support has been offered from the clueless officials in either of the recent municipal administrations, it is well underway. With the Americans gone, in larger and larger numbers, Tijuanenses have started to frequent their own no-go zone—Avenida Revolución.

The Trinity

January 8th, 2011 Permalink

Jason Thomas Fritz Tijuana drug war zebra

Tijuana border Jason Thomas Fritz

The Death of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas

June 6th, 2010 Permalink

  Demonstrators on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered Thursday for a binational vigil to protest the killing of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas, a Mexican national who died after being beaten and tasered by federal agents during the deportation process at the San Ysidro-Tijuana crossing. One hundred protestors chanting “justicia, justicia,” marched across the pedestrian bridge […]

Anastasio Hernandez
 
Demonstrators on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border gathered Thursday for a binational vigil to protest the killing of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas, a Mexican national who died after being beaten and tasered by federal agents during the deportation process at the San Ysidro-Tijuana crossing. One hundred protestors chanting “justicia, justicia,” marched across the pedestrian bridge spanning Interstate 5, as the rush hour traffic below blared their horns in support, to the border fence where they met with activists on the Tijuana side to observe a minute of silence near the site where Hernandez was killed.